This is a long one.
So, two weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Catalyst West which is a leadership conference in California. I’m going to be really honest with you I was dreading this trip. Part of me was excited to see a couple of the speakers and I knew I would learn a lot but my anxiety was through the roof. Common triggers of my anxiety/vertigo are large crowds of people, sitting still for long periods of time surrounded by people, long car rides and sleeping in new places/states. ALL of these things would happen on this trip and I was having a really hard time with that. I spent the weeks leading up to it with one foot in the door and one running away. I was seeking prayer and advice as well as thinking of all the reasons that I should back out. But I knew I needed to be there and I just leaned into God because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this alone and let me tell you, those two days were life changing. I had absolutely no issues the entire time other than a little bit of carsickness on the way home. It literally went so well that I actually said to myself “Is this what normal people feel like?”
I could go on and on but I’m just going to tell you about a couple highlights.
Andy Stanley, Bob Goff and Carlos Whittaker were the three guys I really wanted to see and they freaking brought it!
The fifth picture was a room where there were common sins posted everywhere and you were to pick out ones you struggle with and put them on this wall. They later rearranged them to create this image which was just so cool.
The last picture I thought was really awesome because Ryan, Iman and myself all went to high school together and we knew each other but we didn’t really stay in touch after school ended but some how we all ended up at the same church, at the same conference, 6 years later.
Okay, the video. This was by far the most incredible moment. So this song is my all time favorite worship song and I was convinced that it was not going to be played but they did this beautiful soft version and I was just overwhelmed by God’s love and faithfulness.
It was amazing. #catalystwest #godissogood - 3 months ago